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Bozhidar Bozhanov
Senior Java developer, one of the top stackoverflow users, fluent with Java and Java technology stacks - Spring, JPA, JavaEE, as well as Android, Scala and any framework you throw at him. creator of Computoser - an algorithmic music composer. Worked on telecom projects, e-government and large-scale online recruitment and navigation platforms.

A Non-Blocking Benchmark

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A couple of weeks ago I asked the question “Why non-blocking?”. And I didn’t reach a definitive answer, although it seemed that writing non-blocking code is not the better option – it’s not supposed to be faster or have higher throughput, even though conventional wisdom says it should. So, leaving behind the theoretical questions, I decided to do a benchmark. ...

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How to Land a Software Engineering Job?

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The other day I read this piece by David Byttow on “How to land an engineering job”. And I don’t fully agree with his assertions. I do agree, of course, that one must always be writing code. Not writing code is the worst that can happen to a software engineer. But some details are where our opinions diverge. I don’t ...

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Why Non-Blocking?

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I’ve been writing non-blocking, asynchronous code for the past year. Learning how it works and how to write it is not hard. Where are the benefits coming from is what I don’t understand. Moreover, there is so much hype surrounding some programming models, that you have to be pretty good at telling marketing from rumours from facts. So let’s first ...

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Do It Either Way, We’ll Refactor It Later

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It often happens that a new piece of functionality is discussed within a team and different developers have a different preference over how it should be implemented. “But what if in the future…” is a typical argument, as well as “that way it’s going to be more extensible”. Well, usually it doesn’t matter. One should rather focus on how to ...

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The Internet Is Pseudo-Decentralized

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We mostly view the internet as something decentralized and resilient. And from practical point of view, it almost is. The Web is decentralized – websites reside on many different servers in many different networks and opening each site does not rely on a central server or authority. And there are all these cool peer-to-peer technologies like BitTorrent and Bitcoin that ...

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In Favour of Self-Signed Certificates

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Today I watched the Google I/O presentation about HTTPS everywhere and read a couple of articles, saying that Google is going to rank sites using HTTPS higher. Apart from that, SPDY has mandatory usage of TLS, and it’s very likely the same will be true for HTTP/2. Chromium proposes marking non-HTTPS sites as non-secure. And that’s perfect. Except, it’s not ...

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Static Typing Is Not for Type Checking

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In his post “Strong typing vs strong testing” Bruce Eckel described the idea, that statically (or strongly) typed languages don’t give you much, because you should verify your programs with tests anyway, and those tests will check the types as well – no need for the compiler to do that (especially if it makes you less productive with the language). ...

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Getting Started with Machine Learning

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“Machine learning” is a mystical term. Most developers don’t need it at all in their daily work, and the only details about it we know are from some university course 5 years ago (which is already forgotten). I’m not a machine learning expert, but I happened to work in a company that does a bit of that, so I got ...

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Making Side Projects With New Technologies

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(Captain Obvious mantle on) You are a software engineer and maybe you have a side project – something that you do at home in your spare time. If you don’t, go ahead and have one – no life outside is better than a few more hours of programming. Unwitty jokes aside, having a side project is indeed a very useful ...

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Development Overhead

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What does a developer spend his time on? Writing code, debugging, thinking and communicating with colleagues (that includes meetings). Anything that is beyond these activities is unnecessary overhead (some meetings are also unnecessary, but that’s a different topic). And yet, depending on our language and tools, we have to do a lot more to support the process of writing code. ...

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